refrigerate [ri- frij- uh-reyt] Word Origin See more synonyms for refrigerate on Thesaurus.com verb (used with object), re·frig·er·at·ed, re·frig·er·at·ing. to make or keep cold or cool, as for preservation. Origin of refrigerate 1525–35;
past participle of
to make cool, equivalent to
to make cool, derivative of
-ate 1 Related forms re·frig·er·a·tive, re·frig·er·a·to·ry , [ri- frij-er- uh-tawr-ee, - tohr-ee] /rɪˈfrɪdʒ ər əˌtɔr i, -ˈtoʊr i/ adjective non·re·frig·er·at·ed, adjective un·re·frig·er·at·ed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for unrefrigerated to make or become frozen or cold, esp for preservative purposes; chill or freeze Derived Forms refrigeration, noun refrigerative, adjective refrigeratory, adjective, noun Word Origin
C16: from Latin
refrīgerāre to make cold, from re- + frīgus cold
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Word Origin and History for unrefrigerated refrigerate v.
1530s, back-formation from
refrigeration, or else from Latin refrigeratus, past participle of refrigerare "make cool or cold." Related: Refrigerated; refrigerating. Earlier words in the same sense of "to make cold, to cool" were infrigiden, infrigidate (both early 15c.).
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